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Infinix HOT 20 series, budget-friendly gaming phone, released

More than what you pay for

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Infinix HOT 20

Filipino mobile gamers will get an even more affordable but reliable smartphone to fulfill such needs as the Infinix HOT 20 series has been released.

All three devices under the line are priced under PhP 10,000, yet the premium option — HOT 20 5G — delivers on 5G connectivity to complement what it offers for gaming.

The HOT 20 5G is powered by a Dimensity 810 processor and comes with 7GB RAM, thanks to its extended RAM feature, along with a 128GB storage.

Its display is a 6.58-inch IPS LCD screen with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. The phone also has a 5,000mAh battery and has Phase Change Cooling System.

The camera setup isn’t shabby either, with a 50MP main shooter and an 8MP selfie camera.

This phone is priced at PhP 9,499, available in Space Blue, Blaster Green, and Racing Black. Until November 30, it will also get a special launch rate of just PhP 8,849 on Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok.

HOT 20S, HOT 20 also released

Aside from the face of the series, the HOT 20 package also has the HOT 20S and HOT 20 to offer customers two more options.

Here’s a quick rundown of the specs of each variant.

HOT 20S

Price: PhP 8,499

  • Helio G96 processor
  • 13GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • 6.78-inch HyperVision Gaming-Pro display
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • Support for 18W fast charging

The HOT 20S is available in Sonic Black, Tempo Blue, Fantasy Purple, and Light-rider White. For the launch sale, its price goes down further to PhP 7,849.

HOT 20

Price: PhP 7,499

  • G37 processor
  • 6GB extended RAM (up to 11 RAM)
  • 6.82-inch IPS LCD display
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • Support for 18W fast charging

The HOT 20 will get as much as a PhP 650 off when customers purchase on or before November 30 — with a Free Fire phone case included.

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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